What does Sam mean?
Sam /sam/ as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Sam). Nickname of Samuel or Samson, sometimes used as an independent name. "Uncle Sam" has been the personal face of the American government for over a century. Playwright Sam Shepard; actor Sam Waterson; singer Sammy Davis, Jr
How popular is Sam?
Sam is a very popular first name for men (#192 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#3413 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Sam for boys. Sam reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #533. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Sam and associated names. Sammie, Sammy, Samson (#628 last year) and Samuel (#23) are the popular variation forms of Sam (#533 last year) ranked in the Top 1000. These relations of Sam were favored by parents during the years 1940-1949 (average #352) and are somewhat less conventional today (#636, down 44%), with the forms Sam, Sammie and Sammy becoming less trendy. Samuel has historically been preferred by parents, although Samson seems to be gaining popularity too. (2014 Birth Statistics)